Twenty-seven area farmers are well on their way to Regina, Sask. after their bus left this morning from Fort Frances for the annual “Agribition” fair.
Put together by the Rainy River Future Development Corp., the trip was designed to give farmers here a chance to take in one of the biggest agricultural events in Canada.
“This like the Royal [Agricultural Winter Fair] in comparison,” said Kim Jo Calder, who’s been one of the trip’s boosters in the district.
“There’s lots of displays and lots of booths set up,” she noted. “And most every breed will be out there of cattle, sheep—everything—[though] most of us are going for the cattle.”
“They cover just about every breed of cattle you want to see,” echoed Gary Sliworsky, Ag and Rural rep at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs office in Emo.
“People are showing off their best and their brightest. You go see what’s representing the industry there,” he noted. “I know a lot of times, based on the cattle at whatever show you’re going to, you’ll get an idea of where the industry is going.”
Sliworsky said those district farmers heading to the fair might get to see some of the products that are coming to market in the commercial trade show exhibits.
“Agribition” also is a good place for local farmers to market their own business and made contacts, he added.
“You get people from all over, for sure Western Canada, that are there,” he noted. “You get a lot of talking to other people across the country, getting ideas.”
“It’s a good way tot get out and meet people,” agreed Calder. “There’s lots of people trying to sell cattle from this district, too.”
There’s also the entertainment angle to going to “Agribition.” Calder said it’s “more of a country western show” than the Royal Winter Fair, with rodeos every night.
“You can see the shows, there’s things for the kids, cowboy stuff,” Sliworsky remarked.
Although 27 people was enough to warrant a tour bus heading out to Regina, Calder noted there was still room for quite a few more. And both she and Sliworsky hoped trips like these become an annual occurrence in the district.
“I think it’s a good opportunity,” Sliworsky stressed. “We can get there a lot easier than we can get to the Royal Winter Fair [in Toronto].”